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Mixed Messages Paperback – February 17, 2012
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She couldn't breathe. He was twisting the cord around her neck, choking her, and he was pulling it tighter and tighter. She tried to swallow and her mouth filled with a bitter, metallic liquid: blood, her blood. She gasped for air and clawed at the cord that was strangling her. She tried to kick him but she couldn't move her legs. Her head throbbed with an almost unbearable pain and she felt light-headed.
She fought as hard as she could to stay conscious but she knew that her strength was almost gone. She squeezed her eyes shut and saw white lines that looked like flashes of lightning zigzagging back and forth, on and off. She gritted her teeth in pain. Death was closing in on her; she knew it. Was this it? Was this how her life was going to end? Please God, no, she silently prayed. Please God, help me!
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She has worked as an administrative assistant, the sole proprietor of a resume writing service and the manager of a sporting goods department but her passion has always been writing fiction.
Ms. Gligor writes the Malone Mystery Series. "Mixed Messages," "Unfinished Business," "Desperate Deeds" and "Mistaken Identity" were published by Post Mortem Press and are available at amazon.com, B&N and postmortem-press.com in paper and Kindle formats. She is currently working on the fifth Malone mystery.
Top Customer Reviews
Ann Kern is having major marital problems, and she doesn't feel like there's anyone she can turn to. Her husband is drinking heavily, disappearing for hours at a time, and his attitude toward her has changed. Her once loving husband is cold and distant, and he can be cruel at times. Ann takes a job at the local church in the hopes that the extra income might help alleviate the problems.
In the meantime, it's Halloween week and there's a serial killer at large. After receiving ominous and anonymous notes, she discovers a makeshift tombstone with her name on it. Between neighbors, her husband and the priest at the church where she works, Ann doesn't lack for suspects.
One of the things I particularly liked about this book is that the author really gave you insight into the characters involved in the story. I felt like I knew them by the time I finished the story. Ms. Gligor really involves the reader as the events unfold.
I highly recommend this book to people who enjoy mysteries and those who like good character studies, and to anyone who simply enjoys a good book. I'll be watching for more from Patricia Gligor.
Her life is in turmoil. And it's about to get worse.
There's a serial killer stalking the neighborhood and Ann is getting odd messages that make her suspect she could be targeted as his next victim.
Ann's imagination gives her plenty of suspects, including her husband, a neighbor and even the priest for whom she works. Every one of them has been giving her mixed messages. Her nervousness and suspicion increase in Halloween week when she discovers a homemade tombstone bearing her name in the cemetery.
In this, her first novel, Patricia Gligor has crafted a group of memorable characters, a tense plot and a satisfying conclusion for all the various threads.
Keep them coming!
So many married people today, when the going gets rough, just divorce without trying seriously to work to fix the problems. Any wonder why divorces, or just plain not getting married and opting to live together, are higher now than ever before? Not to me.
This story is very well written. Despite many of the characters thinking about their past when they were younger and the problems they had, you can still follow the story easily. The looks to the past give you a much better understanding of their present day persons and what made them that way.
Our main character is Ann Kearn. She is a good mother to their two children, and a good wife. Her husband David started out to be a good spouse and father. He never lost his temper and was always loving. Then, something happened along the way and he started drinking heavily. He had become an alcoholic. He lost his temper in the snap of a finger.
I will not write too much more about this story as I think each of us will relate to it differently. But, relate to it you all will no matter who you are.
Do I recommend this book? Absolutely I do. I recommend it to mature teens and on up. There are lessons to be learned in this book, and you must read it so you can learn them.
"Mixed Messages" takes the reader deep into the deceptively chaotic world of devoted but unfulfilled housewife Ann Kern, her alcoholic husband, his manipulating mother and her unusual yet believable neighbors. There are other characters as well, from a priest with a past to a psychic with a player boyfriend, all connected to Ann by intricate threads of time, thought and action that soon intertwine in knots of plausible intrigue. The reader is soon reconsidering "whodunit" at every turn in a winding road.
Gligor spends what first seems like an inordinate amount of the story clawing deep into each character's past, but the reason for this becomes obvious as the story continues. Each character is so fully developed, so securely bound to Ann and her ever-tightening life, that any one of them could conceivably have both the motive and the opportunities to commit the horrible crimes surrounding her. The result is an entertainingly engrossing guessing game that will keep the reader on high alert until the very end.
If you're still searching for worthwhile summer reads, this could be the book for you. Give it a try.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
There is a lot of telling, and it's mostly a book that is very realistic to life with the characters all having problems, backstories, and there is a serial killer, but we are... Read morePublished 3 months ago by B. J. Robinson
this book was advertised as a mystery about a serial killer but it really isn't. that is only a very and I mean very minor part of this story. Read morePublished 9 months ago by carole
Patricia Gligor's debut novel is a great character study in that she allows the readerto get to know each person and their motives as the story progresses. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Jean Henry Mead
She went directly to her grandmother's grave and stooped down to clear away the debris that covered the inscription on the tombstone. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Martha A. Cheves
Fast paced novel set in Cincinnati. It is for mature readers, but not graphic. An enjoyable read. First in a series.Published 11 months ago by Jean W.
Mixed Messages kept me guessing until the end. I like to read mystery novels and pride myself on being able to figure out who the bad guy is. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Jennifer Wells
Great book! Kept me on edge, suspenseful...enjoyed the location of the story! Definite read!Published 11 months ago by JAMIE L SUTTON
Ann Kern's life sucks! A husband who drinks, money problems, problems at school with the kids, creepy neighbors, an obnoxious mother-in-law... Read morePublished 13 months ago by SUMMER
The story was great. Kept you interested right from the beginning. Didn't end like I thought. Had a different person in mind for killer.Published 17 months ago by dee